Spot D'jour: Your Daily Pitcher Pickup...for Tomorrow
(Now that I've completed my audition for a Jets beat reporter gig (**fingers crossed**), it's time to fill this page up with some regular content.
As stated in my profile, I am a hardcore fantasy sports addict, and have decided to share my wealth of information with the Bleacher Report community. Well, some of it.
Spot D'jour will be a daily blog post of my favorite "spot start" or "stream" pitcher option for the following day, thus giving you people enough time to follow my sage advice. Most of them are guys I myself have decided to roll the dice on.
I will specify each potential pick-up by listing what stats they can potentially provide, and their respective risk factor. My criteria for Spot D'jour is simple—the player must be owned in less than 25 percent of standard Yahoo! leagues. Let's get the ball rolling.)
Stat potential: Win, Strikeouts, ERA, WHIP.
Risk factor: Low
The inaugural candidate for Spot D'jour, Happ has the potential to be owned outright in mixed leagues. A top 10 prospect in the Phillies system, Happ excelled early in his minor league career, but delivered mixed results as he climbed towards the Show.
Nonetheless, through nearly 70 innings in the bigs since 2007, Happ has posted a 3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and .221 BAA. Throw in a 57:28 ratio, and Happ has certainly found some early success playing for Philly.
Granted, he's only started seven games in that span, but his recent promotion to the rotation in place of Chan Ho Park has resulted in two solid outings and a win his last time out, against the Nationals.
Happ made his rotation debut against the red-hot Yankees on May 23 and posted a respectable line (six innings pitched, two runs, four hits, zero walks, four Ks) in a losing effort.
For his third time out, Happ will face the Padres (ranked 28th in runs) at Petco Park. Despite being a one-man wrecking crew, Adrian Gonzalez and his 21 home runs shouldn't create too big a problem for Happ, considering the favorable lefty-lefty matchup, and the inevitable fact that teams will simply start pitching around the guy—if they haven't already.
Happ isn't a legitimate fantasy starter just yet, as he clearly needs to build up his resume over this season before being considered.
He is, however, a talented lefty on a team that just lost it's "alleged" number two pitcher in Brett Myers, likely out for the year with a hip injury.
If he can keep his solid strikeout rate intact, while posting solid averages, Happ has a tremendously talented offense to back him up, looking for a pitcher who can put wins on the board—something Cole Hamels has struggled to accomplish.
If he gets the job done in San Diego, he's worth a hold in a 12-man mixed leagues.
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